I’d like to briefly draw your attention to a typo so deliciously wrong it made me wonder if it was deliberate. At Sydney’s Mardi Gras parade last month, crowds lined the streets so deeply that “out-of-towners were complaining they couldn’t see a thing”. More disturbingly, “Many were disappointed they couldn’t penetrate the thong of onlookers.”
By the simple loss of a letter r, the AAP transformed a crowd of parade goers into a horde of sexually frustrated degenerates. Not only that, but a “thong of onlookers” suggests that one large thong was being worn simultaneously by multiple parties. The image doesn’t bear thinking about — but there it is, already in your head and on several major news websites.
Okay, so it was a Mardi Gras parade. But even in so liberated a context, there are limits to what is publicly acceptable. And for good reason: think of the children! The presence of a few other typos in the story lends weight to the probability that the misspelling was an innocent mistake, but the case remains unresolved.
My thanks to Michael Quinion for sharing this lustful lapse. Let’s hope those responsible are roused, but not aroused, to appropriate action.